Nihal Sarin back to title fight, Harikrishna retains joint lead

MALMO: Young Indian Grandmaster Nihal Sarin Returned To The Title Fight With A Crashing Victory To Junior World Champion Parham Maghsoodloo Of Iran In The Fifth Round Of TePe Sigeman &co.chesstournament.

withonlytwolapsleftinthecategory17event,nihalsharesthethirdspotwithliviu-dieternisipeanufromgermanyandnilsgrandeliusofswedenwhilemaghsoodlooandhillarp-persson,alsoofsweden,arenextwithtwopointseach.ivansaricofcroatiaisatthebottomofthetablewithjust1.5pointtohisname.

nihalgotofftoamodeststartbutmaghsoodloocouldn'tcomeupwithdominantmoves,puttingtheindianinthedriver'sseat.nihalthenkeptthepressureuptilltheiraniancracked.thekerala-basedgrandmasterwonaqueenandfinishedthegamewithaflawlessconversion.

"ispentalotoftimeagonizingaboutthelossagainsthariinthepreviousround.ijustwantedtogetbetterandnotlose,sotodaywasamuchbetterday,"nihalsaid.

theindianpharikrishna,whichwasplacedinthehighestposition,washeldbysariconadraw,butstayedaheadwithenglandat3.5pointsgawainjones,whosplitthepointwithnisipeanu.

saricseemedtoemergewithaslightlybetterpositionfromtheopeninginananti-marshallagainstharikrishna.however,itwasanendgameandharikrishnadidnottakemuchtimetostartdoingwhatheusuallydoesbest.afterthefirsttimecontrol,theindiantookcontroloftheproceedingsevenassarichadenoughdefensiveresourcestohold.

intheothergameoftheday,grandeliusaccountedforhisswedishcounterpartpersson.

resultsofround5:ivansaric(cro,1.5)drewwithpharikrishna(ind,3.5); Nihal Sarin (Ind. 2.5) Beat Parham Maghsoodloo (Iri, 2); Nils Grandelius (Swe, 2.5) Beat Tiger Hillarp-Persson (Swe, 2); Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (Ger, 2.5) Drew With Gawain Jones (Eng, 3.5).

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